I have just started my PhD and as such, am going to be very busy as it’s full time. With that in mind, I will be limited with the amount of work I can take on, so please only get in touch if you are as keen on Vertical Development and cognitive complexity as I am. Thank you for your understanding.

Development is the progressive enhancement of cognitive capacity, emotional flexibility and sense of self-in-the-world. This can be encapsulated as “Stage Development Psychology”. Dr. Iva Vurdelja says in her research:

“Development is viewed as a process of transformation based on increasing ability to cognitively evolve from a simple and concrete to a more complex and differentiated worldview through a sequence of meaning-making systems or stages.”

Which we agree with. Does this understanding affect how you see your business development needs? Do you think your business needs to do more marketing? Design a new sales process? Engage your staff in more creative ways?

We believe you need to do all those things, but what we also believe is that you need to change HOW you think about your business – and then how you think about how you think about your business! In other words, what needs to change in order to stay relevant is your thinking.
We are all about Vertical Development (the thinking about thinking part) and creating the most appropriate bespoke Vertical Development programme for you and your organisation.

Employees no longer just add value with their skills and competences: they also add value by their discretionary decision-making ability that contributes to the translation of strategy into salable products and services. This requires more complex thinking going forward.

We are at the forefront of Leadership Development, as well as Adult Development. We focus on individual, team and organisational development with a number of products and services that are unique to us, and proven in industry to grow your thinking and thus engage your employees at a different level.

We identify inefficiencies and ineffectiveness caused by organisational and individual misalignment of people and process. We design strategies that align the individual’s cognitive complexity to their role’s complexity requirements. If they do not match, we have a strategy for Vertical Development that will grow their thinking and align them with their role. Misalignment is more common than is known, so we work hard with your business to better-align your key employees.

Our approach has developed from over 40 years of psychological and Adult Development experience, proven by a number of Universities world-wide, including the current PhD research of the person in the video, to offer you the most useful methods to develop and grow your human capital.


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Develop your level of complexity, and the world reduces its.


The image above uses “wisdom” as its third progression, but it could just as easily say “complexity”.
We are passionate about Vertical Development and believe it is the missing ingredient in work-based development. Whether delivering a one-off workshop or designing an innovative management development programme, we deliver with understanding, enthusiasm and passion, and truly believe that Development is about creation, not consumption. We have published a number of articles to this end on LinkedIn.

We are enthusiastic and practical in our approach, with tools and methodologies explained clearly. Our strong facilitation skills and focus on our audience create a powerful Development experience. Our main personal aim is to remove ourselves from the Development process in order to make the experience as “Clean” as possible for our client.

Otto Laske and Susan Cook-Greuter, et al talks about a spiral of upward movement in our development. It’s not a ladder, according to them.
And I agree. What I think it is though, is not a spiral.

It is a series of interconnecting relationships that increase in awareness in order to increase one’s complexity.

At the lower levels, there is more unseen than seen. The faded areas are the Subjective experiences (Kegan) not yet uncovered by the person. The green and purple dots are also further away from each other, which means the density of the potential complexity is low because at this level, it’s low, not just because we don’t see it. As one progresses upwards, the hidden areas diminish and more of the complexity is seen. The green connectors become greater and more pronounced, including connecting areas of the unconscious Subjective faded sections.

At the very top of this relationship image, you can see the density of the connections as it becomes 3-dimensional. Everything is within awareness – or Object, or so we think.

With the Thinking Quotient, we are defining these connectors, uncovering the hidden dimensions and offering a path to the next level.

Cook-Greuter says: “We define the centre of gravity as that level of ego maturity to which a person has consistent access to under ordinary circumstances without special support conditions or under unusual stress.”

What we are offering is HOW a person does that… We are defining that centre and offering a method for growing their Epistemic Stance, so their centre moves upwards – Vertical Development.

If you are interested in Vertical Development, get in touch today to increase your complexity!